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There Was Cosplay, Cat Comics, and a Gigantic Charlie Brown at MoCCA Fest

Charlie Brown

This past weekend, MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) teamed up with the Society of Illustrators at the 69th Regiment Armory for the 12th annual MoCCA Fest — a convention with artist booths and panel discussions celebrating the work of both amateur and established comic artists alike.
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My Bushwick Ride-Along Ended With a Shooting

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

My ride-along with Bushwick’s 83rd Precinct landed on a sunny afternoon. I was told the sunny days are the busiest ones for the NYPD — something that rang true when, an hour into the ride-along, three teenagers opened fire on a public park, injuring a 19-year-old with a bullet to the back.

I’ve never trusted cops. I signed up for the ride-along because I was curious to see things from the perspective of a police officer.
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At Variety Cafe’s New Location, the Beans Will Really Pop

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photos: Kristy Ann Muniz)

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Gavin Compton, owner of Variety Café and Miller’s Tavern, brewed up a hot idea for his latest endeavor: coffee roasting. The newest addition to the Variety family is at 146 Wyckoff Avenue; as of April 1st, it’ll be offering a variety (yes, we went there) of coffee from around the world.
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Cure Sunday’s Hangover By Drinking Blessed Water at a Full Moon Ceremony

(Photo: Carriage House Birth)

(Photo: Carriage House Birth)

There’s going to be a full moon this Sunday, so naturally women in Brooklyn will be blessing H2O in a sacred bowl, drinking it, and then pouring the remainder into the East River. This Full Moon Water Ceremony will be taking place at Carriage House Birth, Williamsburg’s hippest birth collective (a collective of doulas) owned by Samantha Huggins, Lindsey Bliss and Domino Kirke – daughter of Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, and sister to Girls’ Jemima Kirke.
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I Tried Co-Ed Naked Meditation Led By a Crystal-Wielding Vegan Chocolatier

The love letter I picked up, carnation, and my crystal. (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

The love letter I picked up, carnation, and my crystal. (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

My period was already a day late when I signed up for the naked meditation. Class was scheduled for Saturday — five days away. On Thursday, I began to spot. I went to the website for the Young Naturists and Nudists America to see what the organizers of the event suggested: a Diva Cup, a silicone-based container purported to be more discrete than a tampon. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but the list of items I feel comfortable putting inside of my body is not very long, and something with the word “Diva” in the title is certainly not on it. The website also condoned underwear, but (no pun intended!) I didn’t want to half-ass the experience, so I decided to just tough it out with a tampon.
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Hear It First: The New One From Feebzz, Who Got a Cease-and-Desist From Morrissey

-1Brooklyn-based rapper Feebzz is back with her sophomore mixtape, Every Single Night, and we’ve got your first listen below. The album just came out today, but it’s already managed to piss a few individuals off — including Morrissey, whose people sent the female MC a cease-and-desist order last week for illegally sampling “How Soon is Now” on her song “Shut Yr Mouth, Bitch.” In proper gangsta form, Feebzz remains true to her persona of not giving a fuck (one of her raps is actually titled “IDGAF”) and isn’t planning on taking the track offline. Feebzz told Bedford + Bowery, “I’m not selling the song and I don’t have a lawyer or anything,” and that she’s “just gonna ignore it until it goes away.”
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Ready For a Shamanic Odyssey? This Film About Ayahuasca Should Do the Trick

Rak Razam’s ayahuasca-themed film, Aya: Awakenings, was scheduled to premiere at 7 p.m. last night, but at 7:20 p.m., people were still filing into Anthology Film Archives. The audience members, who were all chatting with one another, were operating on their own time. As one woman squeezed her way through the narrow aisle, she stopped to ask a fellow attendee, “Didn’t we meet at the yoga retreat?”
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My Favorite ’90s Sitcom Star Walked in on My Makeout Sesh With a 16-Year-Old

(Photo: Brianna Capozzi)

(Photo: Brianna Capozzi)

I woke up to a text from photographer Brianna Capozzi asking if I could fill in for an agency model who didn’t show up to set. After telling her I was free to shoot, I received a photograph of a guy with shaggy hair in his face and was told I would have to make out with him. I was apprehensive. I don’t often enjoy sticking my tongue in a random stranger’s mouth while a roomful of people watch, but it was for a fashion spread in a magazine of which I’m a fan, so I obliged.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Is Colonizing Another L Train Stop

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk, and if you bitch about Dunkin’ Donuts in Williamsburg, they’re going to not care and instead keep opening more locations. Just a month after the opening of their widely bemoaned Bedford Ave. store, the popular (and not so popular) doughnut chain has started renovation on a new location directly off the Metropolitan L. Signage for the forthcoming shop has gone up at 527 Metropolitan Ave, former home to the charmingly sketchy Subway Bar.

While outrage over the new location has yet to start, it’s a safe bet that locals will most certainly not be coolatta about this.

Video + Photos: Auster, Spiegelman and Brooklyn’s Best Comic Book Artists at CAB

Comic enthusiasts gathered in Williamsburg this past weekend for the first annual Comic Arts Brooklyn, which turned out to be the hippest comic festival ever – well, depending on your definition of hip. (Let’s face it, everyone enjoys a good Prince Robot IV costume from time to time.) The gathering of laid-back and stylish artist types seemed more like a mixer for Brooklyn’s coolest creatives than a comic convention.
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Maya Angelou, Joyce Carol Oates and Dick Cavett Traded Norman Mailer Stories

Dick Cavett (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

What, you thought Tom Wolfe was the only literary lion we roll with?

Last night, The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony held its fifth annual gala at the New York Public Library; B+B was there along with the Mailer family, a long list of well-respected writers, and some pleasant surprises like John Waters, Tony Bennett, and Coco Rocha. (For better or worse Courtney Love, who was supposed to be Steven Klein’s date, was a no-show.)
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